Steven Gerrard played the full 90 minutes as England were held to a goalless draw in Ukraine on Tuesday night.
Liverpool's dynamic No.8 captained Roy Hodgson's side as the Three Lions produced a battling performance to gain what could prove to be a vital World Cup qualifying point.
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After seeing his country survive an early penalty scare Gerrard twice came close to scoring in the first-half, forcing a save out of the Ukraine goalkeeper and curling another effort onto the roof of the net, while Frank Lampard glanced a header just wide in stoppage time.
Raheem Sterling was an unused substitute.
The result sees England move a point clear of Montenegro at the top of Group H, and qualification is now in their own hands. If they win the next two home games against Montenegro and Poland then qualification will be secure.
Reflecting on the night's proceedings Gerrard said: "I don't think it was a top class performance by ourselves but defensively we were solid and the result never looked in doubt.
"Before the game the challenge from the manager to us was let's keep it in our hands and let's take it to the final games at Wembley, and we know if we win them we are through.
"Coming away from home to places like Ukraine is never easy. They are a good side and we knew from the beginning of the group that Ukraine would push us all the way, and it looks like we are going to have to do it the hard way.
"Collectively as a team the job was done. We would like to create more and get more shots on target but sometimes if you are too risky in places like this you can get undone at the back so it's important to be defensively right away from home first and foremost.
"We just need to focus on Montenegro and Poland now. Hopefully we will get a few people back fit which will give us more cutting edge going forward.
"We are at home, it will be a different kind of pressure but we are capable of getting this job done."